Villa fit for a film crew
FEW venues can boast hosting film crew teams within their first six months.
Wondai Accommodation Units and Villas only finished furnishing their last lot of villas the day before half of the Danger Close film crew members rolled in with their suitcases to stay in the South Burnett.
Manager Tony Mitchell said about 60 lighting, armoury and catering staff stayed in the Wondai units during the 16 days of shooting the Vietnam War film in Wooroolin, leaving the place completely booked out.
A few South Burnett veterans who had fought in the Battle of Long Tan came out to meet the film crew while they stayed in Wondai and told their own stories about the battle, Mr Mitchell said.
The film armoury crew gathered around the South Burnett veterans between the Wondai Villas to hear how they used their weapons in the Battle of Long Tan.
"There was probably about 20 blokes standing around listening to the tales, as they just wanted to know what it was like,” he said.
The crew had a few meetings and BBQ gatherings on the grounds by the pool, with fire pits and their own karaoke sing-alongs, Mr Mitchell said.
Park owner Clarence Gibbons from development and finance, spared no expense with the Wondai Accommodation Units and Villas which opened in January.
He worked hard to have all the villas ready before the crew arrived.
"It's a big expense and he's really pushed to have the last lot of units fitted out to accommodate them all,” Mr Mitchell said.
Wondai Accommodation Units and Villas had to adjust their bookings and turn potential customers away due to the Danger Close booking, Mr Mitchell said.
Knowing the importance of telling the long-awaited story of the Vietnam War, the Wide Bay RSL presidents who had already booked out a large portion of the villas were content to move their meeting to Kingaroy.
"They were very understanding and moved their booking to accommodate it, otherwise it wouldn't have happened, because the film crew needed to have all of the rooms or none of the rooms,” Mr Mitchell said.
The star-studded stay was good for the whole town since the Wondai villas sent customers to the Wondai Hotel and other local businesses.
The town like to get involved and got to chat to the crew when they went out to the Wondai hotel to have their evening meals and hear the stories about working on film sets, he said.